Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with lots of carbonation. The head - at one finger high, with a barely off-white shade - features excellent retention, a frothy texture, and great lacing.
S: Wow, this smells like a fantastic pilsner...except it's an ale...and it's 9.5%...and it's a year old. Aside from the surprisingly sturdy level of noble hopping, it also has a wonderful black pepper tone. There isn't much in the way of fruity esters, though - maybe there's a wisp of white grape here and there. Like many trappist ales, it's hard to really fathom why it works...and yet, it works so damn brilliantly.
T: It opens up with some notes of apple skin and white grape, while the finish is peppery and slightly hoppy. Occasionally a touch of cherry will appear. While I think the flavors are damn good, there's a reason that's all I wrote about the flavor profile...because it lacks some complexity. It's not dead simple though - and it definitely improves while sitting in the glass - but you don't get the typical twists and turns you do with, say, Rochefort 10.
M: The feel is heavy yet fizzy. And like a good tripel, there's nothing to suggest it's 9.5%. Given the fact that it's dry as shit and very well attenuated, this goes down with ridiculous ease.
O: I kind of wanted more depth, but as a means of creating an easy drinker without much palpable booze, it's a roaring success. I think the fact that I'm not a huge tripel fan has something to do with me not giving this some score well over 4+ (like I'm wont to do with anything made by monks in Belgium). I'd also love to compare it side-by-side with La Fin Du Monde.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2013 02:52:32 | More by ThisWangsChung
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